The most heated technology race of 2014 is not about sending rockets into outer space or cloud storage — it’s all about which Silicon Valley giant can deliver diapers or other household non-perishables to your door faster and for less money. Tech giant Google is jumping into that Earth-bound race by expanding its nascent same-day delivery business to Manhattan and LA starting on Monday.
Google’s service, called Google Shopping Express, promises same-day delivery from Costco, Fairway, Target and Walgreens and other retail partners to anywhere in Manhattan for a flat fee of $4.99 per store.
Amazon charges $9.98 for the first item and 99 cents for each additional item — although Amazon Prime members, who pay $99 a year, get discounted pricing of $5.99 per order. Ebay’s new service charges a flat fee of $5 per store, like Google, but it requires a minimum purchase of $25. Google Shopping Express has no minimum purchase requirement.